Pros: pay, insurance, job security also, while the bosses have been different, i would rate all of mine as good or excellent
Cons: the job can be boring.
I have been with the company since 1999. I have remained a technician as I feel that the union represented people have better protection and work lives than the first and second levels of management.
As a communications tech specializing in power, my day involves a lot of driving. My day starts with a conference call. Our crew is spread over a wide – more... area and I office by myself over a hundred miles from my supervisor and eighty miles from my nearest crew member. (There are communication tech just up stairs, but they are not in my crew.) Once the conference call is over if there is no emergency work, I pull up routines and work them as I see fit. If there are no routines pressing, I take on projects, some assigned, most ones I see that need to be done and if my supervisor concurs I take on.
There is some stress from the new measurement tools that management has imposed, but I think they are needed to get the company to run more efficiently. There are some down sides to them, and I have my doubts about them. However, anybody that can pay me what they pay me to do what I do, must be a genius.
The most enjoyable part of my job is repairing things. As the equipment is stone reliable, spread out across a large area and built in many different eras, fixing it is always a new experience.
The worst part of my job is the boredom. Routines, while critical can become truly boring. – less